Minutes of the BSF Tennis Committee meeting held at 7pm on Friday 13th September 2019 at St Margaret’s Church Hall.

Present: Messrs. Caswell, Nuttall, Pearson, Prince, Smith, Taylor & Ms L Cartwright.

Apologies for absence: Mr Maslivec, Mrs V Browne, Mrs S Francis & Ms L Perry.

Minutes of the last meeting: These had been circulated and were agreed after a minor amendment.

Matters Arising: None

Correspondence: We had received a reply by coincidence from Simon Brewer re the complaints of the court condition at David Lloyd Chorley, but nothing from the Secretary of the Club Alasdair Upton. It was said that they are to be resurfaced before next season. They need to be inspected should they enter a team next year to ensure the courts had been fixed.

Treasurer: The General Secretary had received a copy of the bank details re BACs payments from clubs so could now proceed with finalising the finance part of the task. He added that payment by BACs had made things much easier than having to deal with large amounts of cash and cheques. He had counted 191 ticket stubs on the night.

General Secretary: A list of suggestions had been received from John Turner re avoiding matches in August when a lot are away on holiday. These were interesting points. Start earlier – use Bank Holidays although the Committee pointed out that these can cause problems too. We used one Bank Holiday this year and three teams could not field a team. Then also school courts are shut. We could have six team divisions and a short season like the juniors, but it was felt the season is short enough as it is. Mr Turner would be invited to put the proposal that no matches should be played in August. Of course, if passed the Committee would have to find ways of fitting in the extra matches.

Winter League: The teams and divisions have been finalised for the coming season. Three teams dropped out but with a waiting list their places have been filled which gives six divisions of seven teams. Courts have been booked and matches start on Friday 4th October. The fixtures are on the website now and Sue has been receiving some cheques to cover match fees.

Tournament: A short discussion took place. A Tournament Committee meeting is proposed for some time in the first two weeks of October.

Presentation Evening: The negatives were that they had no draught beer and draught larger soon ran out leaving only expensive bottles for purchase. Many left and went into town. There were no veggie alternatives although we thought we had mentioned it. The positives were that it was an excellent room and the video back projection facilities were first class. We were also pleased with the help we received from staff during the afternoon set-up period.

We would feed this back via email.

Rule Proposals: A few of the Committee had met on Monday for a preliminary discussion and further discussion took place. A document will be produced ready for the October meeting containing the suggestions and any received from clubs.

Dunlop: Sponsorship ends at the end of the year. We will be opening negotiations with them for the following year or any other manufactures as possible sponsors.

Facebook/Twitter: Facebook gets lots of good viewing figures so feedback has increased. Perhaps we should use it to enquire re any new potential Committee members.

LTA Network: Tennis Lancashire will welcome volunteers to sit on various committees.

AOB: We must remember at NOM time to ask existing mail recipients if they have anyone else who would like to be on the mailing list and also canvas for potential Committee members.

Date and time of Next Meeting: Wednesday 9th October at 7pm.